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A Day in the Life

Naba Ahmed, third year journalism major, is the news editor for Mustang News. Click through the slideshow to follow a day in the life with Ahmed and how she overcomes the obstacle of a typical news editor.

Naba Ahmed, third year journalism major, approaches the front of the graphic arts building at Cal Poly. She is carrying various reporting equipment, such as a camera and a tripod, and is on her way to the Mustang News room. Ahmed is the news editor for Mustang News, Cal Poly’s student run news organization. October 7, 2016 This is the Mustang News room, located on the second floor of the graphic arts building. It’s filled with various posters and news awards. The desks are where students who work on Mustang News prepare and write their stories. On the afternoon of October 7, 2016, Ahmed was the only one working in the newsroom. Just to the left of Ahmed’s desk in the Mustang News room is the goal board for Mustang News. Here the editors and staff decide on the types of stories that are going to be in their paper and website. They also incorporate certain journalistic objectives that they strive to achieve. October 7, 2016 Naba Ahmed, third year journalism major, uploads a video interview to her computer in the Mustang News room. Being the news editor for Mustang News means that she is always working on or supervising a story. “I’ve always been interested in writing,” said Ahmed.  “I was the copy editor in high school, so I was always interested in reporting and reading stories. So, my freshman year I started in Mustang News’ special sections and went and gave my information at the club fair because I just knew that that’s what I wanted to do in college.” October 7, 2016 Naba Ahmed(left), third year journalism major, and Connor McCarthy(middle), second year journalism major, assist Anna George(right), second year journalism major, with a name pronunciation question before the Mustang News Television live broadcast in the broadcast room on the third level in the graphic arts building. Even though Ahmed’s main focus as the news editor is print and online, she still finds time to help McCarthy run the live broadcast when they are shorthanded. October 7, 2016 Naba Ahmed, third year journalism major, gets an idea for how to frame a shot for her interview next to Campus Market at Cal Poly. October 7, 2016 Naba Ahmed(right), third year journalism major, interviews David Bratcher(left), second year wine and viticulture major, next to Campus Market at Cal Poly, about his experience with parking on campus. “Hopefully my opinion will mean something to the community and we can actually get more parking done,” said Bratcher. This is Ahmed’s first interview of the day, and she still has two more to go. October 7, 2016 Naba Ahmed(left), third year journalism major, conducts an interview with Conner Trimm(right), third year animal science major, in front of the Recreation Center at Cal Poly regarding her parking on campus story. Trimm wanted to participate because Naba was the one in charge of the story. “It was fun. Naba is a good friend and it didn’t seem like a super strict interview,” said Trimm. “It was pretty casual and I enjoyed it.” This is Ahmed’s second interview of the day, with one more to go. October 7, 2016 For Naba Ahmed(right), third year journalism major’s final interview of the day, she stops in to talk to Cal Poly’s Chief of Police, George R. Hughes(left), in his office at the University Police Station. She interviews him about the campus parking updates and what students should expect in regards to parking on campus. October 7, 2016 After she finishes her interviews for the day, Naba Ahmed, third year journalism major, walks up the stairs of the front of the graphic arts building at Cal Poly to continue working on her parking on campus story in the Mustang News room. October 7, 2016

Mustang News Memories


If you're involved in the journalism department, you'll most likely work with Mustang News. To learn more about why students join the news organization and what they got out of it, hover over each hotspot.